A review of a residents’ only parking scheme, first piloted in Belfast back in 2018 is currently underway.
The details were revealed in an answer from the Minister for Infrastructure, Nichola Mallon following a written question from DUP MLA Maurice Bradley.
MLA Bradley asked the new Minister about the possibility of rolling the parking scheme out to other areas.
Minster Mallon said: “The first residents’ parking scheme in Rugby Road / College Park Avenue, Belfast, came into operation during April 2018.
“A review of the scheme, which will reflect the needs, experiences and feedback of residents, is currently underway.
“I will want to make sure that any lessons learnt from this scheme inform wider policy on implementing residents’ parking schemes in advance of considering rolling out schemes to any other areas.”
Responding Bradley said: “There is an ongoing problem with parking across the North Coast area.
“Parking is not just a problem in our tourist areas where we get an influx of visitors at peak times and at weekends, we are also seeing problems in residential areas around Coleraine town centre – Circular Road, Brook Street, Mount Street, where residents leave their homes in the morning to do the school run and cannot get parked again when they return.
“I have been pressing the department for some time to roll out the residents-only parking scheme to other areas, I am hopeful that this review will not take too long and that we may be able to make a case for other areas to be part of the scheme in the near future.”